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International Dubstep artist is from Thorney!


Thorney’s Rikki Moore is well on his way to becoming one of the world’s top Dubstep artists.

Rikki (25), who performs under the name Trampa, has performed all over Europe, Australia, the USA and South America.

Later this month he starts a three-month tour of North America where he is the headline act.

It’s all a far cry from St Guthlac’s School in Crowland where Rikki first got the opportunity to use some sound-mixing software to produce his own music.

“That’s all he ever wanted to do,” said brother David. “I’d love the school to be able to see where he is now. He even uses the same software today, it’s called Reason.”

The road to musical recognition wasn’t fast. When Rikki left school he carried on making music and gained some recognition with tracks he put out on YouTube, Facebook and SoundCloud.

He was mainly producing Dubstep, electronic dance music that originated in south London in the 1990s, but also some Drum ’n’ Bass.

He was invited to do a few gigs at Cafe 24 in Peterborough and the appearances have built up gradually from there.

The electronic music scene is much bigger abroad than it is in the UK and, this year, Rikki did the EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in Las Vegas, which has several stages and attracted 150,000 people a day.

Rikki is signed to the Never Say Die record label and has a new release just out called Rocket Fuel. You can hear his music by searching for Trampa on You Tube.

Rikki is still living in Thorney, although he now spends many months performing abroad and has had the chance to move to Los Angeles.

“I think he still likes to come home and see family,” said brother David. “He does miss everybody when he’s away. It might sound a glamorous life, but it’s hard work and pretty lonely.

“It is amazing how well he’s done and yet not a lot of people in the village know anything about it. We’re all really proud of him,”

Rikki was born in Thorney and his parents Sherrie and Stephen and grandparents Kate and David Wagg are in the village. As well as brother David (23), Rikki has a sister Sophie (20) and brother Riley (4).

You can hear Trampa’s music by following these links:

Rocket Fuel:



Is Jack the oldest man from Thorney?

Jack Gee 100

Jack Gee, who is believed to be the oldest man born in Thorney, celebrated his 100th birthday on April 17.

He was able to enjoy the company of five generations of his family, with ages ranging from 100 years to two years old.

His daughter Marguerite Light says he is hale and hearty and enjoys life. He was given a copy of the book Thorney in Focus for his birthday and he has been engrossed in it, taking great pleasure in pointing out familiar places to his family and recounting tales about the place he still refers to as home.

Marguerite says she has offered to bring him back for a look round and he would love to come, but it’s really too long a journey for him to make from his home in Dorset.

Jack was born in Thorney and lived on English Road where his father worked as a farm manager. The family lived in Elder House, which is now Thorney Lakes Golf Club.

He left school at 14 and worked in a cycle shop in the village repairing cycles and making cycle wheels and then worked in Peterborough, also on cycle repairs.

When he was 18, he decided to try for the RAF and went to London with a friend to sit an exam. He passed and was told to report to Uxbridge the next day, so he never returned home.

In the RAF, he served in Scotland, Northern Ireland, North Africa, Egypt and Cyprus. His job was an engineer, but he flew regularly. One of his first postings was to Moreton in Dorset, where he met and married his wife. It was a whirlwind romance; they wed within three months and remained married for 74 years.

After the Second World War, Jack returned to Upway in Dorset and worked as a market gardener with his father-in-law. Later, he converted the market garden into a watercress farm.

He has two daughters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Jack wrote a book called The Fenman about his early life and there’s a copy of it in Thorney Heritage Museum.

We don’t know for sure whether Jack is the oldest surviving son (or daughter) of Thorney. If you know of anyone older (living or dead), we’d love to hear from you.

Thorney Post gives £550 to help village groups

The Thorney Post has donated £550 to local groups and charities.

The money is profits from publishing the Thorney Post magazine. Biggest recipient was the Thorney Youth Project which is raising money to buy play equipment for older children. They received £250. Thorney Scouts got £100, Guides £100 and £50 each to NGNPUK (a charity buying syringe drivers to help people in palliative care) and Louise Cade, who is raising money for Magpas Air Ambulance in memory of her sister Sally.

Editor, Eric Rayner, said: “For the past few editions, we’ve been able to make a small profit once our costs are covered and we wanted to put this back into the community.

“The Thorney Post is produced and distributed entirely by volunteers and our main cost is printing. We’ve saved money on printing and the new colour format has helped attract additional advertising.

“I’d like to thank all our advertisers and I’d urge people in the village to support their businesses. I hope that we will be able to make further donations in the future.”

By-election for vacant council seat

A by-election to fill the vacant Peterborough City Council seat in Eye, Thorney and Newborough ward will be held on Thursday, September 7.

The seat has been vacant since the resignation of David Sanders in May.

The by-election has been called after a petition from local electors was received by the Returning Officer for the city council, Gillian Beasley.

An official notice of election will be published on Wednesday, August 2. Nominations will open the following day from 10am and will run until 4pm on Thursday, August 10.

The Thorney Post will publish the full list of people standing. So far, the Conservatives have chosen Nigel Simons (a Thorney parish councillor), 18-year-old Callum Robertson will stand for the Lin-Dems, Christian DeFeo (Labour) and Michael Alexander (Green Party).

Residents in the ward must be on the electoral register in order to vote. To ensure you get to vote you must be registered by Monday, 21 August (unless already registered). To register go to, you must have your date of birth and national insurance number available.

People wishing to vote by post must apply by 5pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017.

“Stop order” on building work at Thorney Lakes

Thorney Lakes Lodges

Peterborough City Council has issued stop and enforcement orders at Thorney Lakes Golf Club to prevent further work.

The order came into effect on July 18 after two previous visits by city council planning offers.

In the first visit on June 14, officers found workmen laying hardcore and advised them that there was no planning permission and they should stop work. A follow-up visit  on June 28 found no further work had taken place.

However, since then, a concrete base has been laid and hardcore put down for other bases.

No planning application has been made for any development on the site, although the Thorney Lakes website has pictures of the lodges to be built, along with a sales hotline.

When the Thorney Post called the sales number quoted on the golf club website, we were told lodges would be available to buy soon and a show site was to be built.

We asked how many would be built we were told that depended on planning permission and when we asked where they would be, we were told we could visit the site and see the bases being laid for the first lodges.

The sales office told us the lodges were not residential and would be for leisure use only. There would be two-bedroom lodges retailing at around £150,000 and some with one bedroom at a later stage around the £100,000 mark.

Thorney Golf Course is owned by Neil Morgan, who owns a number of leisure facilities, including Tallington Lakes.

We have asked Mr Morgan for an interview or a statement and he has said he does not wish to comment.

The Thorney Lakes website, under the heading “Escape from everyday life at Thorney Lakes” says:

“At Thorney Lakes you can choose from our extensive range of luxury lifestyle lodges with stunning views. Taking a tour around one of our individually designed show homes proves just how attractive countryside living can be. As well as a stylish interior with every modern convenience, each home is set in its own generous plot with plenty of room for outside living – we also help you to make the most of your outdoor space with our free design service.

“Located in beautiful countryside you will feel like you have escaped to a new world. Where the pace of life is slower and you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings. An ideal place for golf lovers or for people looking for a retreat that is a haven of tranquility. A place where you can relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.”

Thorney WI keen to attract new members

Veronica Hewins (web)

Thorney Plus WI membership has fallen to around 20 people and the group is keen to attract new women to their meetings.

They meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10.15am at the Bedford Hall. There’s a different speaker or activity each month and also opportunities to visit other Women’s Institute groups around the region.

Next month (August) the normal meeting will take the form of afternoon tea, served from 2pm to 4.30pm in the Bedford Hall with a charge of £2 and, in September, the meeting will be held in the evening (7.30pm, also at Bedford Hall). More evening meetings may be held if the idea is popular. The group also has its own Facebook page, just search for “Thorney Plus WI”.

September speaker is Veronica Hewins (pictured), a former convenience store owner who now talks on life in India and Indian cooking in particular.

In October, there’s a talk by Les Green of Deeping Fudge, who set up a business with his wife making fudge 13 years ago; and in November, Margaret Hope (one of the club members) will demonstrate flower arranging.

Tea, coffee and cakes are always on offer and visitors can pay £2 to come along to see if they like it. Annual subs are £39 to cover all meetings.

“A lot of people think we’re just a load of old diddies, and a lot of us are,” laughed secretary Judy Epton,“ but we enjoy the talks and the company and it would be great to see more people come along, especially younger women as they are the ones who will keep the club going in future.”

“A friendly welcome is guaranteed and if people want more information, they can call me on 270704 or e-mail”

There’s a serious side to the Women’s Institute as well. After the Manchester terrorist murders, WI groups from the city came forward to help and the organisation also supports women’s education, with Denman College, its own institution. Across the UK, more than 200,000 women belong to the WI.

“We are engaged in lots of things happening in the village,” said Judy. “We’ve done Open Farm Sunday and we’ll be helping with the Thorney Abbey Flower Festival and the Solomon Islands charity.”

Recent activities included a visit to Willow Brook Farm, Helpston to make pork pies; also talks on forensic science and family history. Members visited Whittlesey WI for its birthday evening and were entertained by the fantastic Upwood Ukulele Band; also Tydd St Giles WI for its Strawberry prom, with entertainment from King’s Lynn town band and The Isle of Ely WI choir.

On September 20 it’s WI Day and retired royal protection officer Peter Lawrence is giving a talk at March Community Centre on London villains and royalty entitled “From the Krays to the Crown” and in October, there’s a talk at Wisbech St Mary for Federation Day by Mandy Hickson an RAF fast jet pilot.


Overnight road closures on Parkways

Work to resurface the northbound carriageway of Nene Parkway (A1260), between Hampton roundabout and Thorpe Wood roundabout, begins on Wednesday, 19 July.

The main works are expected to last until mid-August and will result in weekday overnight northbound closures between 8pm and 6am. Preliminary works have already taken place on some slip roads.

During the works the road will be open as usual during the day, however there will be a temporary speed limit of 40mph.

As part of the overall resurfacing works the eastbound on-slip at junction 3 of the Fletton Parkway (from Hampton roundabout) will be closed overnight (8pm to 6am) tonight (14 July) and Monday and Tuesday next week (17/18 July). While this closure is on there will be a diversion in place.

Last year the southbound section of the Nene Parkway was resurfaced. Once completed the new parkway surfaces are expected to last for at least 15 years before they need doing again.

In addition to the resurfacing works on Nene Parkway, the council will also be upgrading street lighting as part of the city-wide programme to install LED lighting. These works will continue until October and will also take place overnight, but will generally only result in lane closures, not full carriageway closures.

Housing site opposed by Parish Council

Housing site

Another new housing estate has been proposed in the village, but it has already met with opposition from the Parish Council.

Fields between the windmill and the bypass have been suggested to Peterborough City Council as suitable for building 115 new homes.

This followed four tranches of land in and around the village being suggested last year. Of those, only one – a section of land between Larkfleet’s Thorney Meadows estate and the approved Park Farm development – has been accepted as suitable.

The city council had asked landowners to put forward development land in the area as part of its Draft Local Plan, which aims to meet Peterborough’s housing and employment needs through to 2036.

The first set of suggestions has all been assessed, but more came through during the summer, along with a number of sites with revised proposals. These will be assessed before November and the final Local Plan will be adopted in autumn 2018.

Currently farmland, the new site in Thorney comprises 6.16 hectares and it is suggested that 115 houses could be built there. The land includes a section between the windmill and old garden centre, which could be used as access onto The Causeway. Its eastern border adjoins gardens of houses in Chestnut Drive, Ash Close and Berberis Close.

Thorney Parish Council considered the suitability of the new site at its July meeting and voted to reject it on the following grounds:

  • It is in the high-flood-risk zone.
  • The site is best retained as greenfield, agricultural land.
  • The quota for new housing in the village has more than adequately been met.
  • Existing infrastructure is not capable of meeting the demands of additional development. There is insufficient water pressure at the new Woburn Drive development and, in particular, a concern that the village school may not have sufficient capacity.

The Parish Council said if further development in the village was needed in the future, they would support the site between Whittlesey Road and the Larkfleet estate, which the city council has previously rejected.

There are some very big new sites submitted in other parts of the city. One near Castor proposes 2,500 dwellings. There are two sites in Newborough and a couple in Eye.

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